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Ranke MS 90 is a parchment manuscript which was probably written in the last decade of the fourteenth century. It contains a work by a Franciscan hermit, Telesphorus of Cosenza, which has been given the title Libelus fratris Telefori Telesphorus was a follower of the twelfth-century prophet Joachim of Fiore (ca. 1135-1202). Joachim was not a figure of controversy during his lifetime, but after his death his writings and prophecies had an enormous impact on radical religious groups, particularly the spiritual Franciscans. Medieval men reacted differently to Joachim's writings. Pope Innocent III condemned Joachim's teaching on the trinity in 1215, but Dante placed him in Paradiso. However, his influence was not confined to the Middle Ages, and in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries his views generated as much excitement as they had in the thirteenth. He still intrigues scholars today; in 1969 Marjorie Reeves published a major book on Joachim and his successors.
Pennington, Kenneth. "The Libellus of Telesphorus and the Decretals of Gregory IX." The Courier Fall 1973: p. 17-26.